View Full Version : Bending Ebony: Very Hard

07-24-2016, 06:41 PM
Frustrating afternoon trying to bend ebony binding. Is this stuff brittle or what? Ha ha! A couple years ago I tried bending ebony binding and my score was: Wood Worker: 0 and Ebony Binding 2. Total failure. So why did I think I could bend this stuff now? Final score: Wood Worker: 1/2 and Ebony 3 1/2. The 1/2 is maybe a usable piece of binding. The other piece completely shattered at the waist. Picture below of the salvageable piece with some work. But I'm done with ebony... for now.


07-24-2016, 09:06 PM
This is one time I'd say go with plastic bindings. Under finish you simply can't tell the difference between ebony and plastic.

07-25-2016, 05:23 AM
What is your process? Here is what i like and have no problems whatsoever.
1. Thickness to about .075,
2. mist with water
3. wrap with tin foil
4. on a solid form stack springbuck steel, wood,blanket,springback steel,
5. heat to 300 and bend, bending takes about 4-5 minutes turn heat off
6. let cool to about 150 and then reheat to 275 and then turn heat off

Have never had a problem once I started the above process with Ebony. In the beginning I used to bend, to thick or too fast or too much heat.

07-25-2016, 01:14 PM
SuperSoft II. Wish it were not so expensive to get across the border otherwise I would be using it.

07-25-2016, 07:15 PM
Yeah, I probably bent too fast (I only so much patience). Also thinning at the waist is probably a good idea. I'm sure the stuff bends, but I'm done. I bent some koa afterwards and it bent perfectly like spaghetti in seconds... Yes Allen good point. I mean black is black. Not like I'm looking for a pretty grain. Also faux tortoiseshell works as a dark contrast. Plus it sure as hell is easier to bend.